Liam Rosenior has revealed that Derby County will continue to manage Krystian Bielik carefully after he didn’t make the squad for yesterday’s defeat at Bristol City.
The Polish international, who was a big-money signing for the Rams, has been out for a lengthy period after suffering a serious knee injury.
However, he has been back in training for the past few months and actually played against Barnsley prior to the international break.
So, it was a surprise to see him not involved at Ashton Gate, particularly with the new rules that allows clubs to select a bigger bench.
Speaking to Derbyshire Live though, Rosenior gave an update on the situation.
“We spoke to Krystian on Thursday afternoon and said about him not starting the game. We said for his development the fact we have so many games coming, for his conditioning, for his trust in his knee having come back from an awful injury, it was great for him to get 80 minutes yesterday (Friday) afternoon.
“We are trying to look after the players the best that we can. We thought it was best for his conditioning to play actual football, get fit and be ready for us in the weeks to come, rather than him coming on a long trip to Bristol, and maybe getting him on, maybe not.”
The games are coming thick and fast for Derby, as they’re back in action against Middlesbrough in the week.
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This was a surprising decision and it may have sparked fears among the fans that Bielik had picked up another knock.
So, Rosenior’s words are reassuring and the fact he played for the U23s on Friday meant he clearly wasn’t going to be involved against the Robins.
Bielik is sure to get his chance in the coming weeks and fans will hope he can rediscover his best form after such a lengthy lay-off.
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